How cult leader Charles Manson became one of the most notorious criminals of all time, sentenced to 9 life terms for orchestrating 7 gruesome murders in 2 nights

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How cult leader Charles Manson became one of the most notorious criminals of all time, sentenced to 9 life terms for orchestrating 7 gruesome murders in 2 nights

Charles Manson

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Charles Manson talks during an interview August 25, 1989.

When cult leader Charles Manson and his "family" carried out their infamous nine-person killing spree in 1969 Los Angeles, the events sent shockwaves across America.

Born from the the hippie scene of late-60s California, Manson's murders landed him a life sentence in prison. That sentence ended on Sunday, when the cult leader died at age 83 at a hospital in Bakersfield, California.

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Here's a rundown of his turbulent life, his violent crimes, and the aftermath of the Manson Family murders: